Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is currently in Japan for an official state visit.

Dr. Gonsalves during his last press conference held on July 23, revealed that Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe had extended the invitation to him.

Whilst in Japan, Prime Minister Gonsalves will discuss with his Japanese counterpart matters including: CARCIOM and OECS concerns, trade, climate change, geothermal energy, fisheries, investment, education, and technology.

On the matter of fisheries, Dr. Gonsalves said his interest lies in the “sustainable use of marine resources which is a euphemism… often attached to matters concerning whaling.”

He noted that attracting investments is very important and as such he would try to get Japanese investors interested also in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

He also revealed that the issue of locally produced goods for trade with Japan is also a matter down for discussion as we already import significantly from Japan.

While in Japan, Dr. Gonsalves will also engage in sightseeing and attend state dinners. He left the State on August 3 and will return on August 9, 2018.



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